Final Cut Pro X
Latest Final Cut Pro X update lets users use third-party apps and services directly within the editing interface

The latest Final Cut Pro X update is here and it’s bringing workflow extensions. This will be the 28th update since it original release since June 2011.

Workflow extensions

According to Apple, the latest update to Final Cut Pro X will introduce workflow extensions that enable professional video editors to use third-party apps and services directly within the editing interface. Apple says workflow extensions will match the look of Final Cut Pro X. And that it will be “integrated tightly” into the app. This should allow editors to drag media and projects into Final Cut Pro X libraries, add clips markers, sync playback between extensions and timelines.

“These extensions make it easy to use popular tools that enhance post-production including review and approval with Frame.io, stock footage browsing and purchasing with Shutterstock, and media asset management with CatDV,” Apple writes.

These workflow extensions can be downloaded free from the Mac App Store starting today. Other third-party extensions for Final Cut Pro X will be released on an ongoing basis.

Additional Features coming to Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4

Workflow extensions aren’t the only updates coming. Here’s a few more features coming to Final Cut Pro X:

  • Batch sharing: allows a users to export multiple clips or projects in one step
  • Comparison Viewer: a new window that lets editors view reference images while grading to ensure a consistent look across their project
  • A new floating timecode window: makes it easy to follow along by displaying color-coded clip names, roles, project timecode, and source timecode in a customizable, resizable display
  • High-quality video noise reduction minimizes artifacts in low light or archival footage
  • Closed captions in SRT format (or choose to burn them into their video for compatibility with a wide range of video websites)
  • Improved marquee selection: makes it quick to select individual clips or the entire secondary storyline which saves valuable time for common edit operations

Updates to Motion and Compressor

Both Motion and Compressor are getting updates as well. Motion is the motion graphics companion to Final Cut Pro X and Compressor is the encoding companion. Here are the coming updates:

Motion

  • Adds set of color grading tools like color wheels, color curves, hue/saturation curves, and custom LUTs
  • Compressor maintains support for 32-bit codecs, so editors can continue to work with key legacy formats
  • The app now supports SRT closed captions

Compressor

  • Compressor moves over to a new 64-bit engine that aims to take advantage of all the memory in a user’s Mac for improved performance when encoding high resolution, high frame rate video
  • Compress maintains support for 32-bit codecs, so editors can continue to work with key legacy formats
  • App now supports SRT closed captions

Pricing and availability

The new versions of Final Cut Pro 10.4.4, Motion 5.4.2, and Compressor 4.4.2 are on Mac App Store for free for existing users. For new users it will cost $299, $49, and $49 respectively.

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